STATE GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE (BREAKOUT SESSION)

This breakout session included representatives from state transportation agencies (chief administrative officers and research directors), state toll road and transit authorities, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, a university transportation research program, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, two consulting firms, the Transportation Research Board, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The group identified the components of an essential national research program for transportation. The primary elements of a federal research agenda are listed, followed by a list components of a broader national research agenda, which requires collaborative efforts of a number of entities in addition to the federal government. There was consensus that public private partnerships are extremely valuable, work well, generate both technical and funding innovations, and offer great promise for the future. The group recognized partnerships as an evolving area in research and development (R&D) and recognized the need to develop a user-friendly business framework within which these relationships can continue to grow and prosper. Concerning the use of research results, the group determined that research products available for testing exceeds the opportunities for their use, that this is further complicated in most cases by the dearth of adequate and timely information on research results, that funding deficiencies for implementation are also a barrier, and that there is a critical need for performance measures for evaluating and setting priorities for research products. The group identified some practical changes that could improve the current research process; these are listed. In conclusion, the state government group reiterated its call for a national vision for transportation and for strategies to enable the realization of that vision.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: p. 46-48
  • Monograph Title: FORUM ON FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN TRANSPORTATION R&D, WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 6-7, 1995
  • Serial:

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713051
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061679
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 20 1995 12:00AM